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Anne Lamott Quote: “He told me about his monster. His sounded just like mine without quite so much mascara. When people shine a little light on their monster, we find out how similar most of our monsters are.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “But easy’s like, who cares? Easy’s like, how much is easy going to get you?”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I got one of the five golden tickets to be a writer, and I take that seriously. I don’t love my own work at all, but I love my own self. I love that I’ve been given the chance to capture the stories that come through me.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “All parents are an embarrassment to their kids. Often, grandparents are the relief. Kids don’t have to resist you.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Publication is not all that it is cracked up to be. But writing is.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Reading poetry and reading the great works of the canon that we were reading in the ’60s and the ’70s and ’80s was mind altering.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I’m very successful, but there are 50,000 general interest books published every year. If you don’t want to read mine, there are others.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “A nun I know once told me she kept begging God to take her character defects away from her. After years of this prayer, God finally got back to her: I’m not going to take anything away from you, you have to give it to Me.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You want to protect your child from pain, and what you get instead is life, and grace; and though theologians insist that grace is freely given, the truth is that sometimes you pay for it through the nose. And you can’t pay your child’s way.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Peace is joy at rest. Joy is peace on its feet. quoting her pastor in Salon, April 25, 2003.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “We all often feel like we are pulling teeth, even those writers whose prose ends up being the most natural and fluid. The right words and sentences just do not come pouring out like ticker tape most of the time.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I am all the ages I’ve ever been.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “There is ecstasy in paying attention. You can get into a kind of Wordsworthian openness to the world, where you see in everything the essence of holiness.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You are not your bank account, our your ambitiousness. You’re not the cold clay lump with a big belly you leave behind when you die. You’re not your collection of walking personality disorders. You are spirit, you are love.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Nothing heals us like letting people know our scariest parts: When people listen to you cry and lament, and look at you with love, it’s like they are holding the baby of you.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Every woman’s path is difficult, and many mothers were as equipped to raise children as wire monkey mothers. I say that without judgment: It is, sadly, true. An unhealthy mother’s love is withering.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I think this is how we are supposed to be in the world-present and in awe.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “One line of dialogue that rings true reveals character in a way that pages of description can’t.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Small is how blessings, healing, progress and increase occur.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Grace is having a commitment to- or at least an acceptance of- being ineffective and foolish. That our bottled charm is the main roadblock to drinking that clear cool glass of love.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Help is the sunny side of control.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “He got me a cup of tea with honey, toast with honey, yogurt with honey, like I was John the Baptist with the flu.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Having a baby is like suddenly getting the world’s worst roommate, like having Janis Joplin with a bad hangover and PMS come to stay with you.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I did not raise my son, Sam, to celebrate Mother’s Day. I didn’t want him to feel some obligation to buy me pricey lunches or flowers, some annual display of gratitude that you have to grit your teeth and endure.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I have a very dark sense of humor. I swear. I have a very playful relationship with Jesus.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act – truth is always subversive.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “What people somehow forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “To be engrossed by something outside ourselves is a powerful antidote for the rational mind, the mind that so frequently has its head up its own ass.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Anne Lamott’s priest friend Tom, how to get through: “Left foot, right foot, left foot, breathe,” he said. “Right foot, left foot, right foot, breathe.” Salon April 25, 2003.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Just don’t pretend you know more about your characters than they do, because you don’t. Stay open to them. It’s teatime and all the dolls are at the table. Listen. It’s that simple.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “A big heart is both a clunky and a delicate thing; it doesn’t protect itself and it doesn’t hide. It stands out, like a baby’s fontanel, where you can see the soul pulse through.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Certainty is missing the point entirely.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Trying to reason with an addict was like trying to blow out a lightbulb.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Listen to your broccoli and it will tell you how to eat it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My mind is a neighborhood I try not to go into alone.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Mine was a patchwork God, sewn together from bits of rag and ribbon, Eastern and Western, pagan and Hebrew, everything but the kitchen sink and Jesus.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I do not love to garden. I love other people’s gardens, and I like cut flowers. I have Astroturf and a whole lot of high-quality plastic flowers stuck in the dirt of our front yard. These are quite a lovely sight and bring to mind many e. e. cummings poems. People used to give me potted plants and trees, and what happened to them is really too horrible to go into here.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I get thirsty people glasses of water, even if that thirsty person is just me.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My family tends to be pretty alcoholic and drug-addicted.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I am a terrible and lazy Christian. I do not believe that the Bible is the literal word of God. I just skip about a third of it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The thing about light is that it really isn’t yours; it’s what you gather and shine back. And it gets more power from reflectiveness; if you sit still and take it in, it fills your cup, and then you can give it off yourself.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “There is ecstasy in paying attention.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Writing takes a combination of sophistication and innocence; it takes conscience, our belief that something is beautiful because it is right.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My writer friends, and they are legion, do not go around beaming with quiet feelings of contentment. Most of them go around with haunted, abused, surprised looks on their faces, like lab dogs on whom very personal deodorant sprays have been tested.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don’t think your way into becoming yourself.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Easter is so profound. Christmas was an afterthought in the early Church, the birth not observed for a couple hundred years. But no one could help noticing the resurrection: Rumi said that spring was Christ, “martyred plants rising up from their shrouds.” Easter says that love is more powerful than death, bigger than the dark, bigger than cancer, bigger even than airport security lines.”
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